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Chicago events / March 2019

March 1, 2019 - March 29, 2019

We recommend the best events, festivals, and fun things to do in Chicago, Illinois.

Orchid Show

March 1 – 24, 2019

See 10,000 blooms at the Orchid Show, which has a photographer hours, orchid sales, and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting (March 13) at Chicago Botanic Garden.


Polar Plunge

March 3, 2019

Join 5,000 fundraisers wading into the cold waters of Lake Michigan to support charity at Chicago Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach, or watch from shore and join the after party with music, food, and cash bar.

Italian wine tasting

March 4, 2019

(5 to 8 p.m.)

Sample wine from 90 top Italian vintners at the walk-around event Great Wines of Italy, with DJ music at Loews Chicago Hotel. Lower price for age 21 to 28.

Ticket deal $90


March 4 & 22, 2019

(7 p.m.)

Set in romantic Paris, La Traviata is a bittersweet love story by Verdi, sung in Italian with projected English translations at Lyric Opera House.

Ticket deal $51 to $123


Custom car show

March 8 – 10, 2019

World of Wheels features hot rods, competition cars, specialty, concept vehicles, and celebrity guests at the Rosemont convention center.

European film festival

March 8 – April 4, 2019

Chicago European Union Film Festival screens 62 new feature films from the 28 nations of the European Union at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Beer festival

March 9, 2019

A ticket to The Chicago Beer Festival includes 40 tasting tickets, with live music and food for sale at The Field Museum for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s beer run/walk

March 9, 2019

Your reward for participating in the Shamrock Chicago 5K Beer Run is a three-ounce beer each kilometer and a pint at the finish in Arlington Heights for age 21+.

Chocolate & wine

March 9 – 10, 2019

Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Expo promises 50 vendors displaying products for you to sample and purchase, wine and spirits tasting, and chef demonstrations at Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium.

Ticket deal $16

Music of Michael Jackson

March 14, 2019

(8:30 p.m.)

Billed as the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band, Who’s Bad “has assembled a world-class cast of brilliant singers, top musicians, and Broadway dancers to perform all of Jackson’s legendary hits” at House of Blues for age 17+.

Ticket deal $8 to $10

St. Patrick’s Day – green river

March 16, 2019

Watch the Chicago River flow green at Dyeing of the Chicago River, which is best viewed “from the east side of Michigan Avenue, the west side of Columbus Drive, or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.” Free.

St. Patrick’s Day lunch cruise

March 16, 2019

(boarding 3 p.m.)

St. Patrick’s Day Afternoon Booze Cruise includes a lunch buffet, DJ music, dancing, and a no-host bar aboard Mystic Blue, departing from Navy Pier for age 21+.

Ticket deal $25

St. Patrick’s parade

March 16, 2019

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes north on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe, rain or shine. Free.

St. Patrick’s run

March 16, 2019

Wear green to the Get Lucky half marathon, 14K, and 7K, which go along the scenic lakeshore.

St. Patrick’s Festival

March 16, 2019

After the big parade, enjoy Irish music, dance, food, activities, and Irish gifts for sale at St. Patrick’s Festival throughout the Irish American Heritage Center. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Children’s expo

March 16 – 17, 2019

The Kids Expo features family-oriented vendors plus children’s activities (some ticketed) at Schaumburg Convention Center.

Ticket deal $8 (adult + child)

Flower and garden show

March 20 – 24, 2019

Chicago Flower & Garden Show features 24 gardens, 90 vendors, cooking demonstrations, seminars, and a kids’ activity garden at Navy Pier.

Ticket deal $10 (child $3)

Shamrock 8K race

March 22 – 24, 2019

Billed as the world’s largest timed 8K race, the Sunday Shamrock Shuffle begins and ends in Grant Park and includes a post-race party. The free health and fitness expo is Friday and Saturday at McCormick Place.

Comic and Entertainment Expo

March 22 – 24, 2019

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a convention for fans of comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and pop culture at McCormick Place.

Festival of colors

March 23, 2019

Global Connections: Holi features Indian music and performances in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Wear a white shirt to be permanently stained if you want to join the traditional throwing of color outdoors. Free admission and colored powder while it lasts.

Whiskey + wine + private jets

March 23, 2019

A ticket to Wine Whiskey Bravo: A Sipping Experience gets you samples of 35 wines and 20 whiskeys, hors d’oeuvres, music, and photo ops with private jets at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling for age 21+.

Ticket deal $40

Flower show

March 24 – April 7, 2019

Macy’s Flower Show features flowers and exotic topiaries in landscapes, plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street. Free.

War games convention

March 27 – 31, 2019

Adepti Con is a small event with tournaments, event games, pirate gaming, cosplay contests, and hobby seminars at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel.

Whisky festival

March 29, 2019

Taste 350 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at Whisky Fest Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Rock classics by Queen

March 29, 2019

(8 p.m.)

Hear classic rock songs by Queen (We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more) performed with uncanny realism by One Night of Queen at Rosemont Theatre.

Ticket deal $37